15 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

15 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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15 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
1
Leon
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Little Corn Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Isla de Ometepe
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + ferry + bus:  1​h 15​min
4
San Juan del Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Granada
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  12​h
End: New York City

4
nights
Leon

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Las Penitas and Playa Poneloya. Step out of Leon with an excursion to Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve in Las Penitas--about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Volcan cerro negro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción, and examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Leon trip planner .

New York City, USA to Leon is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Leon. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in May; daily highs in Leon reach 92°F and lows reach 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Little Corn Island.

Things to do in Leon

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trip

Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
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Volcan cerro negro ©
Volcan cerro negro
Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas
Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve ©
Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve

1
night
Little Corn Island

Little Corn Island
The smaller of two islands, Little Corn Island has become more popular than its larger neighbor, with international visitors seeing it as the more authentic, wilder, and more scenic landmass.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Little Corn Island holiday maker .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Leon to Little Corn Island in 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Leon in May: highs in Little Corn Island hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to fly to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Little Corn Island

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure
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3
nights
Isla de Ometepe

Isla de Ometepe
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Isla de Ometepe is known for nature, museums, beaches, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the design of Ojo de Agua, examine the collection at Museo Ometepe, explore the activities along Laguna Charco Verde, and wander the streets of Los Ramos.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Isla de Ometepe online holiday planner .

You can fly from Little Corn Island to Isla de Ometepe in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in May, and nighttime lows around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Isla Ometepe
Isla Ometepe
Punta Jesus Maria ©
Punta Jesus Maria
Ojo de Agua ©
Ojo de Agua

2
nights
San Juan del Sur

San Juan del Sur ©
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and then kick back and relax at San Juan del Sur Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, trek along Macua Tours & Travel, then get lost in a book at San Juan del Sur Library, and finally make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Juan del Sur visit planning app .

You can take a bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
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3
nights
Granada

Granada ©
The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Get out of town with these interesting Granada side-trips: Laguna de Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo), Mirador de Catarina (in Catarina) and Managua (Santiago of Managua Cathedral & Puerto Salvador Allende). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Islets of Granada, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, and admire the striking features of Guadalupe Church.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Granada online visit planner .

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to Granada takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in May, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Managua, Mirador de Catarina, Apoyo
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Spas & Wellness
Soy Nica ©
Soy Nica

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